Welcome to the canyoning Eldorado! Thanks to tempestuous rivers and streams, Ticino is considered by experts one of the best places in the world for canyoning. All you need is a good dose of courage, desire to have fun for a couple of hours surrounded by the elements of nature and it is a done deal. Covered from head to toe in neoprene suits and supported by experts, fun is guaranteed! Centovalli, Vallemaggia, Verzasca and Blenio Valleys, or Riviera: one is spoiled for choice. Professionalism of the organizers and safety are guaranteed at Swiss level by regular checks by SGS experts.
Ticino is a small paradise for canyoning thanks to numerous little waterfalls, torrents and rivers that rush down the valley through the wilderness. To carry out this activity no special skills are required except for a passion for thrill, love of water and respect of nature. For those that can relate to this description, they can definitely go for the descent on the river along courses that can last from half a day to a whole day. The equipment needed is provided by the organizers and it is sufficient to bring a swimsuit and a towel. Once ready the adventure can start, down the steep descents, accompanied by professional experts.
There are several locations and canyons to choose from: Lodrino, Iragna or Cresciano in the Riviera; Pontirone and Malvaglia in the Blenio Valley; Giornico in the Leventina Valley; Corippo, Gordevio or Bignasco in the region around Locarno.
The minimum age to participate varies from 10 to 12 years. Besides being able to swim, a good physical condition is needed. For those that would like to undertake more challenging courses it is also required to have some basic climbing skills.
The excursions are carried out between the months of May through October and usually take place even in the rain. However, particularly adverse weather conditions such as lightning alerts, particularly agitated waters or overflowing rivers after strong rain showers can cause the activities to be discontinued.
Important: canyoning is an extremely fascinating activity but if not taken seriously, it can become dangerous. It should be practiced only with the adequate equipment and under the eye of professionals, regularly tested by SGS experts.